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Not really decorating, but want your advice on fence stain

Posted by marti8a (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 12, 14 at 14:43

This is a patio we wanted to enclose into a courtyard.
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Just finished the fence part.
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Dh wants to stain it a dark brown to match the back deck. We'll also stain the front Trex deck to match the back.

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I would like a lighter color, darker than the natural wood it is now, but not quite as red as this one.
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maybe even a stain that matches the greige we will be painting the siding.

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The only problem I see with the griege stain is too much of the same color, especially in the front of the house where there is more siding. And either way I like, it won't match the existing deck and arbor in the back yard which is visible past the gate.

What do you think?


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RE: Not really decorating, but want your advice on fence stain

Why not let it weather naturally?


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RE: Not really decorating, but want your advice on fence stain

I like the 3rd one...greige...


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RE: Not really decorating, but want your advice on fence stain

I like the greige too. Hardscape should just be a background. The surrounding plants should be the stars. The greige makes an excellent background for plants.

Is there a door?


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RE: Not really decorating, but want your advice on fence stain

There's not really a door, or gate into the courtyard. We made one of the panels removable so we could get things in and out, but it's not accessible from the outside.

I don't like the way cedar ages naturally. It usually discolors near the bottom first and looks really tacky for a long time before the whole things grays, and then it's not a pretty gray, IMO.


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RE: Not really decorating, but want your advice on fence stain

That's cedar? I thought it was pine.

I like the third one best, or paint it the same color as either your siding or trim.


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RE: Not really decorating, but want your advice on fence stain

Yes, I like the third one the best and the dark brown the least. I don't like naturally aged fences either.


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RE: Not really decorating, but want your advice on fence stain

Ok, we're all agreed that the gray stain is best. So how does it look with the posts and shutters in front that are also going to be rough cedar?

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RE: Not really decorating, but want your advice on fence stain

Oh, the fence was gray? I thought you said greige. The picture is hard to see it real well with the shadows.

Can the posts be stained the same as the fence?


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RE: Not really decorating, but want your advice on fence stain

Greige is just a shade of gray isn't it? The color I picked is Stonehenge Greige, but it looks like a dirty gray to me. Maybe I should say an earthy gray.


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RE: Not really decorating, but want your advice on fence stain

I like the greige because I think it sets the brick off really nicely. I don't care for the brown.


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RE: Not really decorating, but want your advice on fence stain

I had the builder use a stain which is possibly as close to weathered wood as possible on the fence as well as barn door style garage doors. There's also a pair of French looking shutters(rounded at the top)on a second story small window above the front door in the same stain.

With a sprinkler system as well as rain, the weather color stain is ideal.

Any other wood features on the house should be re-done in the same stain color, whatever color you use.


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